Farmer in court for speeding

A HUNMANBY farmer has escaped a driving ban that would have had “catastrophic” consequences on his harvest.

David Bowley, of Malton Road, appeared at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court facing a speeding charge.

The 50 year old admitted riding his silver Triumph Tiger motorcycle at 62 mph on Main Street, Flixton, which has a 30 mph limit.

Katy Varlow, prosecuting, said that on May 25, Bowley had been clocked travelling at over twice the speed limit on a police speed gun.

Nick Tubbs, mitigating, said that his client was full of regret about what had happened.

He explained that Bowley has a 600 acre farm spread out across the Hunmanby area and needs to use public roads to access his land.

Mr Tubbs said: “Disqualification from driving would have a catastrophic effect on the farm business.

“My client needs to drive specialist equipment, such as a combine, and the temporary workers he takes on during the harvest are not skilled to drive this kind of equipment.

“He desperately hopes you can deal with it via penalty points as disqualification will have disastrous implications.”

Bowley was given six points on his licence and ordered to pay a £500 fine, £15 victim surcharge and £45 costs.